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dis•tin•guish /dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃ/USA pronunciation
dis•tin•guish•a•ble, adj. See -stin-.
- [~ + object + from + object] to mark off as different;
show a difference:His height distinguishes him from the other boys.
- to recognize as distinct or different: [~ + between + object]I couldn't distinguish between some of the French vowels.[~ + object + from + object]Can you distinguish right from wrong?
- [~ + object] to perceive or sense clearly by the senses; recognize:Without my glasses I can't distinguish certain signs on the road.
- [~ + object] to set apart as different;
characterize:Her Italian accent distinguishes her.
- [~ + oneself] to make prominent or eminent:He distinguished himself in the arts.
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distinguish /dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ/ vb (mainly tr)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin distinguere to separate, discriminatedisˈtinguishable adj disˈtinguishing adj
- when intr, followed by between or among: to make, show, or recognize a difference or differences (between or among); differentiate (between)
- to be a distinctive feature of; characterize
- to make out; perceive
- to mark for a special honour or title
- to make (oneself) noteworthy
- to classify; categorize
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